As a part of a blog series, we are featuring one of the counties United Way of the Bluegrass serves each week.
Last week, we featured Franklin County. This week, let’s get to know Jessamine County!
Jessamine County was named for Jessamine Douglass, the daughter of a pioneer settler. The County consists of two cities, Wilmore and Nicholasville. Nicholasville is the county seat, and despite the fact that it was founded in 1798, it was not formally incorporated until 1837. In addition, Jessamine County has several horse farms that breed thoroughbred horses.
Did you know that Camp Nelson is in Jessamine County? Camp Nelson, a Union supply depot and hospital during the Civil War, was officially declared a National Monument in 2018. The site is especially significant because it served as a training center and refugee camp for African American families. Jessamine County is also home to High Bridge, which towers 275 feet over the Kentucky River, making it the nation’s tallest railroad bridge that spans navigable waters.
During the last fiscal year:
Your support through financial gifts and volunteer time help to make an impact in the following organizations that serve Jessamine County:
4Kids, a Faith Community Partnership
Arbor Youth Services
Bluegrass Community Action Partnership
Bluegrass Council of the Blind
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington
Child Care Council of Kentucky
Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass
Clark County Homeless Coalition
Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council
Growing Together Preschool
Jessamine County Adult Education
Jessamine County Schools
Jubilee Jobs of Lexington
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass
Paris-Bourbon County YMCA
Red Oak Elementary
The Hearing & Speech Center
The Nest - Center for Women, Children and Families
Visually Impaired Preschool Services
YMCA of Central Kentucky
Stay tuned this week as we take a closer look at volunteers and an organization in Jessamine County.
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